Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Skyfall, Superheroes)

In today's edition (incidentally, a milestone in being the 500th post published on this blog):

* Over at io9, Charlie Jane Anders reviews Battleship – which discussion is a springboard for a discussion of how alien invasion movies have become "just as contrived as romantic comedies."

* The trailer for the next Bond movie, Skyfall, is out. Just a teaser, it shows a few shots of locations, a few small fragments of action, and virtually nothing of the villains or the plot.

Since its posting yesterday, the video has drawn over 1.3 million views, and close to 8,000 likes on Facebook, as well as over 2,300 comments – many of them devoted to the still ongoing disagreement between fans of the pre- and post-reboot films, respectively (as well as a great deal of the inevitable asides, tangents and sheer stupidity that make their way into every comment thread of any length).

* And finally, from Paul Young at Screenrant, "Before They Were Movies: Early Attempts to Bring Superheroes to Life Onscreen," a survey of less well-known superhero-themed films and television shows. Some of them are well-known today (like the '70s-era shows based on Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk), but quite a few are now obscure (like the low-budget Fantastic Four movie from 1994), and some of the projects never actually realized (like the idea for a '90s-era She-Hulk series) – and all are reminders that the current Golden Age of Superhero Movies has been a long time coming.

Reading Bulldog Drummond
New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Clarke Awards, Blood & Chrome, "European Astroculture")
New and Noteworthy (James Bond Edition)
The 50th Anniversary of the James Bond Film Series
A History of the Spy Story, Part II: The Life of a Genre
A History of the Spy Story, Part I: The Birth of a Genre
Coming This Year: Genre Movies in 2012
From Screen to Page: Reading Ian Fleming
The End of James Bond?

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